A law confining gambling to casinos and phasing out slot machines in gaming arcades, cafes, clubs, shops and service stations has been inked by Poland's president Lech Kaczynski.
At the same time, Kaczynski requested Poland's constitutional court to rule whether the hastily adopted law was "in line with the constitution" presidential aide Wladyslaw Stasiak said Friday.
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Poland's liberal Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who's government tabled the hard line legislation has said it is aimed at increasing taxation of the sector and at "limiting and if possible, rooting out" highly addictive forms of gambling threatening young people, including children.
The law bans gambling for youngsters below 18 years of age.
It also introduces strict new six-year state concessions for casinos with the limit of one per district with a population of up to 650,000. Casinos will be limited to operating 70 individual gaming tables and machines.
The law also introduces higher gambling taxes as well as new taxes for the sector.
Casinos will also have to submit all contractual and ownership changes to Poland's ministry of finance.
Poland's parliament approved the law in October, nearly a month and a half after Prime Minister Tusk was forced to sack several key ministers and political allies over allegations of influence peddling within his cabinet regarding the gambling legislation.